Updike’s CBC Radio Show Debuts Tuesday

Larry Updike will be back on the radio tomorrow afternoon after about a year working as Siloam Mission’s senior spokesperson.

Updike was previously the host of his own CJOB show until last summer when he made the decision to leave radio and take the position at the mission.

The veteran broadcaster will host “Up to Speed” on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

CBC Manitoba sat down with Larry last week to ask him some questions leading up to his return to familiar surroundings.

It’s your first week at CBC. How do you feel?

“I’m excited and honoured to be here. It’s a thrill to be part of Canada’s public broadcaster. It’s great to have the opportunity to work with a group of sterling individuals. And it’s such a friendly and energetic environment.”

What will you bring to Up To Speed?

“I’m a Winnipegger and I care about where I live. I’ll get you home to your family and tell you everything you need to know – whether it’s news, weather or traffic. It’ll be about my sensibility, credibility and a little bit about rock and roll. And I’ll help you end your workday.”

Why did you come back to radio?

“I never realized how much I would miss radio. My year at Siloam Mission deepened my appreciation for the people facing challenges in our community. I believe this experience made me a better person, which makes me a better broadcaster and will make this a phenomenal show.”